Emma Orczy

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Nothing can be quite so wonderful as the workings of a man's or a woman's destiny.

Emma ("Emmuska") Magdolna Rozália Mária Jozefa Borbála Orczy de Orczi (23 September 186512 November 1947), known as Baroness Emma Orczy, was a British novelist, playwright and artist of Hungarian noble origin. She was most notable for her series of novels featuring The Scarlet Pimpernel.

See also: The Scarlet Pimpernel

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In the chain of my life, there were so many links, all of which tended towards bringing me to the fulfillment of my destiny.

Links in the Chain of Life (1947)[edit]

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  • At fifteen years of age, when first my parents settled down in London (temporarily as they thought) I had never been in England, never had an English friend or English governess, or English tuition of any sort or kind. I did not speak one word of English. Then how did it all come about? Neo-Victorians and Neo-Georgians will put it down to destiny; others to predestination. I, in my humble way, put it down to the Will of God. And looking back on my long life and its many changes I can trace the links of my chain of life that began on the great plains of Hungary, continued through the heart of London, and find me now at this hour of writing this book in Monte Carlo jotting down all that I can remember of those links which led me one by one to the conception of my first literary work. If any one of those links had not been, if any turn of event in my life had been different, I would probably have ended my days in the country of my birth and known nothing of the happiness which comes from love, from the affection of friends (such as one meets in England) and from success in the work to which I devoted so many years of my life.
    • Ch. 1
  • I have so often been asked the question: "But how did you come to think of The Scarlet Pimpernel?" And my answer has always been: "It was God's will that I should." And to you moderns, who perhaps do not believe as I do, I will say, "In the chain of my life, there were so many links, all of which tended towards bringing me to the fulfillment of my destiny." And nothing can be quite so wonderful as the workings of a man's or a woman's destiny.
    • Ch. 8

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